Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
If you’re not good at winning staring contests, you should try being in one with an infant. It’s pretty easy to win because there are no “overawareness” issues. Baby Jack is dedicated to the game; I’ll give him that. But typically I win because he either smiles or sneezes. There’s nothing like staring at a baby’s face. It’s amazing how long you can do it before you realize you’ve been doing it that long.
Of all the funny faces he currently makes, my favorite one is when raises his eyebrows like wants to be part of the 1950’s Rat Pack. There’s also the “Elvis sneer”, the “surprised Dana Carvey”, the “Paul McCartney”, the “ancient Chinese man”, the “drowsy poet”, and the “Mac the alien” (a reference to a mostly forgotten E.T. copycat movie called Mac and Me.)
He often slips in and out of sleep when I stare at him. I try to imagine what he is dreaming about, as his face tells the seemingly same story every time. The dream starts out with Baby Jack petting a friendly puppy (Jack always starts his dreams smiling). Then a mean dog comes along and scares Jack and the friendly puppy (that’s when Jack has a worried look on his face). Lastly, the dream ends with him drinking milk or pooping (as he either starts “rooting” or grunting, accordingly). What else would a baby dream about anyway?
“I wanna wake you from your dream. I wanna know just who you’re talking to when you’re singing in your sleep. I wanna find out what it means. I’ve got marbles in my mouth. Thousand words I wanna say but it’s impossible to spit ‘em out.”
-Guster, “Do You Love Me?”
Categories: Nostalgia, People, Storytelling, The Dadabase | Tags: baby blog, baby dreams, dad from day one, Do You Love Me?, dog, dreams, Elvis, ET, face, funny faces, Guster, Paul McCartney, puppy, Rat Pack, rooting, staring contest
Thursday, October 7th, 2010
Jack’s due date is November 11th, so it’s pretty likely that within the next thirty days, he will be born. I am past the stage of being nervous, afraid, or underprepared (because I’ve accepted the fact that no first time parent can truly be prepared enough). Instead, I am completely excited and feeling very positive about it all. A few nights ago I had a dream that Jack was a few months old and I was holding him, feeling his face against mine, and even though it was a dream, it was a feeling that I have never experienced before. But it’s a feeling that I know I will be experiencing soon in real life.
This late into the pregnancy, it feels more like our baby is actually born and less that my wife is still pregnant. We’re so close to meeting him. I’m already feeling a hint of this great desire to do anything I have to in order to make sure he’s taken care of. Like an innocent puppy that winds up on my doorstep with sad eyes that say, “Please take care of me…” Except he’s a human being and I had a part in bringing him into this world.
I look forward to caring for him with my life. I don’t care about having to change diapers, losing sleep, and just flat-out transforming the normalcy of my life to be a dad. I want this little boy. And for the record, he’s got some cool shoes waiting for him out here in the real world.
All pictures with the “JHP” logo were taken by Joe Hendricks Photography:
Categories: People, Spirituality, Storytelling, The Dadabase | Tags: baby, boy, dad from day one, dream, human, life, love, nervous, normalcy, November 11, parenthood, pregnancy, puppy, real world, shoes, stage